With the birds chirping and flowers blooming, the days are getting longer and the sun is shining brighter. We’re here to help you prepare for the Northern Beaches summer, from protecting your eyes to the latest eyewear trends.
For decades ‘being smart in the sun’ campaigns have raised awareness about the dangers of sun exposure. But do we protect our eyes as much as we protect our skin, particularly when our eyes are 10 times more sensitive?
Even on cloudy days, we should wear high protection sunglasses to reduce the UV radiation reaching our eyes. This is to protect ourselves from eye diseases such as degeneration of the retina, damage to the cornea, cataracts, macular degeneration and skin cancer around the eyes. Children and young adults can be more vulnerable to sun-induced eye damage. We receive 80% of our lifetime’s exposure to UV before our 18th birthday, so developing good eyewear protection habits should start early.
At Beckenham Optometrist, we generally recommend lens category 3 classifications for a high level of sun glare and good UV protection and the appliance of sunscreen, especially to areas of skin surrounding the eye. We pescribe high quaility sunglasses with a hihgh eye protection factor. Look for the mandatory labelling on sunglasses to identity the level of protection.
Sports specific eyewear can enhance performance whilst protecting eyes from harmful UV rays and injury. Sports specific coloured lenses highlight colours, alter light levels, enhance clarity and reduce glare.
UV – Know Your Risk
An eye examination is the best way to monitor your family’s overall eye health with the objective of maintaining good vision throughout your life. As part of our comprehensive eye examination, we will look for any signs of sun damage along with other eye conditions. Often, we will pick up on eye health changes before you notice any chances to your vision.
As part of our comprehensive eye examination, we will look for any signs of sun damage along with other eye conditions. Often, we will pick up on eye health changes before you notice any changes to your vision.